Nickelson finds muse in moon

Jan 26, 2014
Photo by: Jim Nickelson Jim Nickelson’s “Moonrise Penobscot Bay” is part of his Adventures in Celestial Mechanics series.

Rockport — Jim Nickelson’s pursuit to capture each full moon of the year culminates into an ever-growing series titled Adventures in Celestial Mechanics, and select images will go on display in the Maine Media Gallery Wednesday, Jan. 29. The exhibition will come to an end with an artist talk and closing reception Saturday, March 1, beginning at 4 p.m.

Known for his mastery of night photography, Nickelson captures the magic of each full moon amidst a stunning scene somewhere in the Maine landscape. The moon often becomes a systematic part of life, and people become numb to its daily orbital journey and incredible influence on the land and its people. With this series, Nickelson strives to reignite an interest in the moon with the viewer, bringing to life its significance in the history of cultures around the world.

Prior to his current career as fine art photographer and custom digital printer, Nickelson worked as a NASA engineer and corporate lawyer. Today, Nickelson teaches workshops both privately and through Maine Media Workshops. He has received numerous awards and exhibited widely including in museums and galleries such as the Photographic Resource Center of Boston University, VoxPhotographs, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport, the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor, Bates College Museum of Art in Lewiston, Harvard University’s Three Columns Gallery, the Center for Photographic Art of Carmel, Calif., Preston Contemporary Art Center of Mesilla, N.M., Ten High Street Gallery in Camden, San Francisco’s Gallery Photographica and the Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, N.Y. His work resides in corporate, public and private collections across the United States.

Maine Media Gallery is in the ground floor of the Shepherd Building, 18 Central St. in the village. Winter hours are still being worked out but likely will be Wednesday through Friday afternoons and late morning to mid-afternoon Saturdays. For more information, visit

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“Summer Moon VI” by Jim Nickelson. (Photo by: Jim Nickelson)
“Dancing Moon I” by Jim Nickelson (Photo by: Jim Nickelson)
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